Autodesk Inventor: Advanced Part Modeling

2 days
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Course Objectives

Inventor Advanced Part Modeling is the second in a series of courses on Inventor from ASCENT. The goal of this class is to build on the skills acquired in the Inventor Introduction to Solid Modeling course to take students to a higher level of productivity designing part models in Inventor. In addition, students will learn about various drawing tools.

This course considers various approaches to part design and emphasizes useful strategies. Specific advanced part modeling techniques covered include: advanced lofts, advanced sweeps, coils, and surface modeling. Additional material aimed at increasing efficiency is also included: iFeatures for frequently needed design elements, iParts for similar designs, translation options for importing data, engineering notebook for communicating information, etc.

The course also covers creating revision and hole tables as well as custom sketches symbols which can all be added to a drawing. With an understanding of these tools, students can begin to streamline the design and documentation process.


Inventor Introduction to Solid Modeling or equivalent. Mastery of Inventor basics is highly recommended.

Course Outline:

Note: The curricula below comprise activities typically covered in a class at this skill level. The instructor may, at his/her discretion, adjust the lesson plan to meet the needs of the class.

Chapter 1 Design Philosophies

  • Design Philosophies
  • Sketching Tips
  • Modeling Tips
  • Modification Tips * Display Tips

Chapter 2 Multi-Body Part Modeling

  • Multi-Body Part Modeling

Chapter 3 Sketching Tools

  • Splines
  • Sketches

Chapter 4 Advanced Work Features

  • Grounded Work Points
  • User Coordinate Systems

Chapter 5 Advanced Lofts, Sweeps, and Coils

  • Area Lofts
  • Advanced Loft Options
  • Advanced Sweeps
  • Coils

Chapter 6 Analyzing a Model

  • Analysis Types
  • Analysis Procedures

Chapter 7 Introduction to Surfacing

  • Introduction to Surf aces
  • Basic Surfaces
  • Patch Surfaces
  • Stitch Surf aces
  • Sculpting with Surfaces
  • Thickening & Off setting a Surface

Chapter 8 Additional Surfacing Options

  • Extend and Trim Surfaces
  • Replace Face with a Surface
  • Delete Faces
  • Copy Surface

Chapter 9 Importing Surfaces

  • Importing Surfaces
  • Repairing Imported Surfaces

Chapter 10 Copying Between Parts (iFeatures)

  • Creating iFeatures
  • Inserting iFeatures
  • iFeatures vs. Copy Feature
  • Editing iFeatures
  • Table-Driven iFeatures

Chapter 11 iParts

  • iPart Creation
  • iPart Placement
  • Customizing iPart Ribbon
  • Editing an iPart Factory
  • Creating iFeatures f rom a Table-Driven iPart

Chapter 12 Translation

  • Import and Export Data
  • Import Data Formats
  • Importing Solids

Chapter 13 Custom Sketched Symbols

  • Create Sketched Symbols
  • Place Sketched Symbols
  • AutoCAD Blocks in Inventor

Chapter 14 Engineer’s Notebook

  • Engineer’s Notebook
  • Notes

The class assumes a mastery of Inventor basics as taught in Inventor Introduction to Solid Modeling. Students should know how to create and edit parts, use work features, and create and annotate drawing views.